If you are a fan of the state spending more of your money, be sure and thank your state lawmakers for a job well done when you spot them out on the campaign trail this summer.
Following several amendments, the governor's budget proposal would have cut year-over-year spending by around 1 percent this fiscal year.
Therefore, the state will likely increase spending this fiscal year by 3.4 percent to $24.1 billion -- an increase of $801.6 million compared to what was appropriated last year by state lawmakers.
Nixon did veto $240,000 in funding appropriated by lawmakers, citing legal technicalities in three of the items. He also restricted $15 million, fearing overly-ambitious gaming revenue assumptions.
Expenditures for fiscal 2012 are still being calculated and are expected to be released in August.
Thanks to higher appropriations by Republicans, expenditures are likely to increase again this year.